ESA-22303 International Study Visits Environmental Sciences


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work14
Excursion (multiple days)42
Course coordinator(s)dr. M Smits
Lecturer(s)dr. M Smits
dr. ir. LGJ van Bussel
Examiner(s)dr. M Smits
dr. ir. N Hofstra

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This course, exclusively intended for BMW students, consists of a project/case study, which is prepared in Wageningen and partly executed abroad. During a visit of approximately six days to a university outside the Netherlands, students collect data on a particular environmental issue by exchanging information with foreign faculty and students. After the visit, students should hand in a self-reflection report.
Students who are unable to participate in the study visit have to fulfill an alternative assignment. They select an environmental issue, perform an integrated analysis, formulate a research question, and search the Wageningen Digital Library for relevant scientific journal articles that contribute to answering their question. A report (2000 - 3000 words) containing the description and analysis of the selected problem, the research question, a summary of at least seven key articles and a conclusion, bound with a copy of the key articles, should be handed in by the end of the course.
Only BMW students can participate and have to register early (before March).

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- analyse, assess and evaluate an environmental problem abroad;
- participate in group work in consultation with faculty and students from a university abroad;
- apply knowledge of environmental sciences in a case study abroad;
- reflect on their experiences and lessons learned in international research collaboration.


- preparation on the basis of lectures;
- practicals and literature;
- visit to a university abroad;
- questions debate and presentations during the course;
- preparing a presentation and participating in a symposium; reporting of the visit.


Examination is based on participation in the course (in group work and debate), the group presentation and an individual reflection report.
If the students' participation or the group presentation is insufficient, an additional reflection assignment should be completed.
The students receive pass or fail (voldoende testimonium).


Articles available through the course website.

Compulsory for: BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc6WD